Meet the team
Meet the team
My name is Alison Elms and I am the Senior Practitioner of the Fostering Team. I have been a qualified Social Worker since 1995, and have experience of front line Child Protection Social Work and I have worked with young people leaving care. I have been in the Fostering Team since 2003 and am proud of managing such a hard working and dedicated Fostering Team.
My name is Jane Magnien and I am a Family Placement Social Worker based within Poole Fostering Team. I have been a qualified Social Worker for the past thirteen years and have accrued a diverse portfolio of experience in front line Social Work within the Assessment, Safeguarding and Family Support Teams; and equally was a Senior Practitioner for the Assessment Team for a year. My role involves supporting prospective foster carers through the stages of assessment and through to Panel. Additionally I provide supervision and emotional support, alongside practical elements to new and experienced foster carers. I am also involved in the Standards Training and drop in sessions for foster carers, as well as the delivery of training and support groups for foster carers.
My name is Val Cramond and I have been in the Fostering Team since 2003. As a Social Worker in the Child in Care Team in the 1980s, I always had a lot of admiration and respect for the dedication and hard work of foster carers. After returning to Social Work after the birth of my own children, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to become a member of the Fostering Team and be instrumental in assessing and supervising foster carers.
My name is Tim Green I have worked in Fostering since 2001. Previously I was a social worker in another authority in both The Child Care and Adoption Teams. Recently my role changed and I now concentrate on Private Fostering. This occurs when a child, under the age of 16 or 18 if disabled, lives with an adult who is not a close relative for 28 days or more. This is a private arrangement between the parents and the carer and the child is not “looked after” by the Local Authority. However we have a duty to assess the situation to determine whether it is appropriate for the child and to provide advice/ assistance if necessary.
My name is Louise Reynolds and I am a Family Placement Social Worker based within the Fostering Team at Poole. After qualifying in 2008, I gained extensive experiences in different areas of childcare, including the Leaving Care and Child in Care Teams. I support prospective foster carers through the stages of assessment and through to Panel. One of my particular interests is the development of foster carer training and the recruitment of new carers.
I have worked within Children and Young People’s Social Care for approximately 14 years, having began working as an Administrative Assistant in the Referral and Assessment Team. After a year I was employed as a Social Care Support Worker within the same team. It was in this role I worked towards the completion of my Social Work degree via The Open University. During my studies, I gained experience of working within the Borough of Poole’s Adoption Team and Poole Addictions Community Team, which contributed towards me successfully obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Social Work in December 2011. I have now been a qualified Social Work practitioner for 7 years. Since qualifying I have worked within the Family Support and Safeguarding Team where I have predominantly worked within Child Protection and Child in Need. I have recently transferred to the Fostering Team and am now practicing as a Family Placement Social Worker.